Chargers key to victory No. 4: Contain Deshaun Watson
This will be the first run-threat quarterback the Chargers will face this season. Though Jacoby Brissett could have ran the ball himself, he only had three attempts for nine yards.
Facing Lamar Jackson (playoffs) and Russell Wilson, the Chargers gave up 95 total rushing yards on 14 attempts, about 6.8 yards per carry.
Watson has 45 rushing yards and two touchdowns on eight attempts thus far, one of them a 21-yard touchdown in the season opener.
Chargers key to victory No. 3: Somebody stop DeAndre Hopkins
It’s almost too obvious to mention, but not bringing up stopping Hopkins just brings about criticism in the comments section.
So yes, it’s imperative the Chargers do everything possible to slow down Hopkins. Casey Hayward has looked much better this year than he did last year; can he throw it back to his 2016 season, when he helped limit Hopkins to “just” five receptions for 70 yards and no touchdowns?
Chargers key to victory No. 2: Don’t underestimate Duke Johnson
Every week, it seems, there’s a player the Chargers shouldn’t overlook. This week, it’s Duke Johnson, who was acquired by the Texans in a trade.
Though the Chargers haven’t faced the Texans in years, they are very familiar with Johnson, who they faced while he was with the Browns last year. On just two carries and four receptions, Johnson put up 109 total yards of offense, which is an incredible 18.2 yards per touch.
The Chargers locked down on the rushing attack last week, but the Lions were also down a starting tackle and eventually lost Kerryon Johnson for a short time due to an injury. Johnson, who only has 19 touches thus far (and is running for 5.9 yards per carry) hopes the Chargers can show up more like they did in Week One.